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POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:00 PM

The Rules Committee on Tuesday approved a rebate for condominium owners who pay the city for trash removal but have their garbage hauled away by private carriers.

The rebate would be capped at $200.

The issue of how to solve the problem of condo owners, who are paying for a city service they are not receiving, has been debated for nearly 10 years, and opposition to the current effort remains high.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 4:14 PM

Everett Gillison, who had been deputy mayor for public safety, named chief of staff to Mayor Nutter.

He replaces Clay Armbrister, who stepped down earlier this year.

Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:15 PM

Karen Brown, the Republican candidate for mayor, taught math and science to 8th graders at St. Kasimir’s Academy for 10 years, but she could use a brush-up on her constitutional law.  In an interview prepared for broadcast Tuesday night, NBC 10’s Steve Highsmith asked her about the Occupy Philadelphia protest outside City Hall.  Brown criticized Mayor Nutter’s handling of the situation, while saying she supports the demonstrators’ Fifth Amendment right.  (That would be their protection against self-incrimination, not their freedom of speech.)

Here’s the full exchange:

Highsmith:  “Occupy Philadelphia, the tent at city hall and surrounding area.  What would you do about that? “

POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 4:41 PM

If there's one good thing about the Phils getting knocked out of the playoffs, it's that Mayor Nutter won't have to choke down any of the weak, beer-like products that emanate from the fine town of St. Louis.

As per usual mayoral tradition, Mayor Nutter and his counterpart in St. Louis made a beer wager on the Phils-Cards series. Thanks to that squirrel, the Cardinals somehow managed to triumph in five games, and now the mayor of St. Louis (whatever his or her name is) gets to sample some of Philly's finest brews.

Tomorrow, Nutter will join the Phillie Phanatic and Tom Kehoe, the jolly brewmeister of Yards Brewing Company, to fulfill the bet by packing some suds for the journey to St. Louis. (Both mayors also agreed to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, which is far more socially conscious but not nearly as fun as watching baseball and drinking beer).

POSTED: Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:24 PM

No matter who wins the races for City Commissioners in November, one thing seems certain: The office is going to save some money.

The three elected Commissioners perform the crucial task of overseeing city elections.

Last week, Republican Commissioner Candidate Al Schmidt said he would take a 10 percent pay cut if elected. Now Democratic candidate Stephanie Singer says she would decline the most recent pay raise for that office. In July, Commissioners’ salary rose from $117,991 to $120,233.

POSTED: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:34 AM

As if Mayor Nutter needed the push, Former President Bill Clinton will come to town four days before the general election to stump for incumbent.

Clinton will be at Temple University's Mitten Hall on October 29 in an open rally for the mayor.

Nutter has a healthy relationship with the Clintons; he backed Hillary for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, much to the chagrin of the city's black political establishment.

POSTED: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:30 AM

Republican City Commissioner Candidate Al Schmidt says he would take a 10 percent pay cut if elected. He also would not use a city car and questions the auto usage of sitting commissioner Joseph Duda. Schmidt also pledged to reduce his salary by 25 percent in election years, when sitting commissioners have reduced duties because they are on the ballot.

Read the release here:

Schmidt Pledges Personal Pay Cut, Refuses Taxpayer-Paid Car

POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 12:59 PM

A Council committee added a sunset provision to the proposed new curfew law today after hearing testimony that curfews are ineffective and violate the rights of minors.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who introduced the bill on Mayor Nutter's behalf, said the administration would be asked to provide data in two years to demonstrate the curfew's effectiveness.

The curfew law, if passed, would expire in December 2013. Based on the data, Council could then makes changes, Brown said.

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